Malacinski Scholarship

2020 Malacinski Scholar: Payton Sparks

Payton Sparks, who will be a senior in the fall of 2020, is pursuing a Biology B.S. degree with minors in psychology and studio art. Payton is a research assistant in Provost Professor Jonathon Crystal's Comparative Cognition Lab where he investigates rodent models of Alzheimer's disease (AD) at behavioral, neuropathological, and biochemical levels. The aim of his lab is to discover the first fully translational model of Alzheimer's disease in a rodent model.

Payton is also very involved with clubs on campus. He is the co-president of MEDLIFE. Since being a part of MEDLIFE, he has traveled to Ecuador and Peru to run medical mobile clinics in remote areas of South America. He really enjoys being able to help people in underserved areas by providing continuous and sustainable care.

Additionally, Payton has a huge passion for art. In his free time, he enjoys making pieces on the pottery wheel and taking pictures.

Following graduation, Payton plans to continue his education in medical school, and his career goal is to become a reconstructive surgeon.